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Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media?

Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media? | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Yesterday I selected a post by Elad Gil who talked about Pinterest being the next big shiney thing on the web. Today I have selected another article by Don Reisinger    for Cnet News - digital home, who has more to say about this.

 

I do admit I'm participating on many betas because I feel the need to stay informed. I'm not usually drawn to every new thing that comes along but somehow, Pinterest has caught my eye.

 

Let's take a look at why Pinterest is becoming one of the most popular social networks, what's really happening here?

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**Pinterest so far has been the only company to distinguish itself. Late last month, Experian Hitwise, a company that monitors consumer behavior on the Web, reported that Pinterest had 11 million visits during the week ended December 17, jumping 4,000 percent compared with six months earlier.

 

**The massive bump catapulted Pinterest to the 10th spot in Experian's listing of the most popular social networks, just behind Yelp. Experian also discovered that Pinterest has found a loyal following in women.

 

**In the past three months, women have accounted for 58 percent of its userbase, and nearly 60 percent of those women are between the ages of 25 and 44.

 

**Opinions are mixed over why Pinterest has been able to attract such a large audience.

 

**Is it the service's solid design? Is it the attention it has received from media outlets shocked by its growth?

 

**Is it, perhaps, the fact that it recently raised $26 million from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, giving it bundles of cash to play with? It could be all that.

 

**But Gil thinks it might also have something to do with its ease-of-use.

 

**"Pinterest was one of the first sites to take push button content generation (via bookmarklets and 're-pinning') and structure it into sets of curated content called 'boards

 

**This allowed users to collect content from across the Web, as well as from other users on the site.

 

Reisinger ends his article with a word of caution:

 

**"Pinterest has yet to offer its service publicly. And once it finally moves beyond its invite-only phase, the company will be truly tested."

 

Followed by the question: 

 

**"will the mainstream Web user who typically joins the social game after early adopters pick up their invites, find value in it?"

 

** Chances are, we'll get the answers to those questions later this year.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read full article here [http://cnet.co/xilVUk]


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Entrepreneurship is Our Revolution

Entrepreneurship is Our Revolution | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This inspirational post was written by Steve Blank,  who teaches entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. author of the incredible book "Four Steps to the Epiphany" and so much more.

 

I wanted to share an article before Thanksgiving that really spoke to me and the hearts of many. I have been looking for days and felt when the right one came along, I would know it. This is that piece. No disrespect to the author, I moved things around and broke up paragraphs into smaller bites. They were so inspiring they almost jumped off the page.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. So grateful to have this platform and a wonderful community of fellow travelers on this path to share the journey.

 

Intro:

 

"This Thanksgiving season, it might seem there’s less to be thankful for. One out of eleven of Americans is out of work. Many pundits say the American dream is dead and see further decline of the West, particularly the US."

 

"When it's darkest men see the stars.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

My prediction:

 

"this decade may well be our country’s finest hour

 

the beginning of an economic revolution as important as the scientific revolution in the 16th century and the industrial revolution in the 18th century.

 

**This entrepreneurial revolution will permanently reshape business as we know it

 

**More importantly, change the quality of life for all who come after us."

 

**It’s possible we’ll look back to this decade as the beginning of our own revolution.

 

**It may even be the dawn of a new era for a new American economy built on entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

****Our children will look back on and marvel that when it was the darkest, we saw the stars.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Entrepreneurs and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.cnbc.com/id/45307694]


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How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me

How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This blog post was written by Robert Dempsey at Dempsey Marketing Blog

 

Firstly, I want to thank you Robert for your kind words and mention in this article. Coming from you, it means a lot.

 

There are really good tips and resources about content curation

 

Here is my commentary:

 

****Whether you curate or create content remember, this is what it's all about:-)

 

** it starts conversations

**builds relationships

**creates community

**Can lead business & referrals

**collaboration

**support

**expands your knowledge

 

Along the same line, here's what particularly caught my attention:

 

Never forget the social part of social media

 

**Always reply back to people that initiate contact

 

**Be proactive don’t only follow people but initiate contact, and not using an auto-DM message either

 

**Thank people for sharing your content and mentioning you

 

Here's a real life example, I met Robert a week ago after curating his relevant and timely piece "Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media" http://bit.ly/sLc2el. He thanked me, we've been communicating ever since.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read full article [http://bit.ly/uQsVoI]


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I Believe In Google Plus - Fast Growing Social Network in History

I Believe In Google Plus - Fast Growing Social Network in History | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This is an insightful piece by Jon Evans for Techcrunch

 

Intro: He asks.....

 

"Is this a contrarian view? I can't even tell any more. On one hand, Google Plus now has 40 million users, it's the fastest-growing social-networking site in history, and its users have uploaded 3.4 billion photos."

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Can Facebook seamlessly do both, and be all things to all people?

 

Maybe, but that’s not the direction they’re going.

 

****Ironically, they’re doing things “the Google way,” betting on sweeping algorithmic solutions with their Smart Lists and Top Stories,

 

****while Google seems to be building G+ “the Facebook way,”

 

****around personal curation and social selection.

 

****The key difference is that, as moot aka Christopher Poole said the other day,

 

****our identities — and our relationships — are prisms rather than mirrors, multi-faceted rather than black & white.

 

Google Plus acknowledges this in a way Facebook doesn’t, and that’s a big part of why I believe it will ultimately succeed.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Google+ Watch"

 

http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/22/i-believe-in-google-plus/


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From Content Curation to People Curation

From Content Curation to People Curation | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Tony Karrer wrote this post on September 7, 2011 - I find it extremely relevant and am interested in looking at the possibility of curators collaborating on content around a specific topic and how that might evolve in the future.

 

I had the priviledge of listening to Clay Shirky today talk about harvesting collective wisdom and the implications of that. There are no accidents as this piece seems to be exploring an aspect of this subject.

 

Tony is reacting to a blog post he read, Ville Kilkku titled: Klout, Triberr, paper.li, and the future of content curation. He has some very good observations, too many to list but I've highlighted a few things to set the tone for the article.

 

Three Major Trends in Curation

 

**From individual content curators to crowdsourced content curation: Individuals cannot keep up with the pace of new content, even though they have better discovery tools than before.

 

**Crowdsourcing can, although it is not suitable for promoting radical new ideas: the dictatorship of the masses is unavoidably conservative.

 

**From manual to semi-automated content curation: Individual content curators are forced to automate as much of the process as possible in order to stay relevant.

 

**From content curation to people curation: When there is too much content, you vet the content creators, manually or automatically. Those who pass get exposure for all of their content.

 

****How do these trends interact? This is particularly interesting to me and it will be fascinating to watch this evolve.

 

****Social networking of the content creator is vitally important in order to create an audience as isolated content becomes increasingly difficult to discover and

 

****curation focuses on people instead of individual content.

 

**Build it, and they will come, is dead.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

 

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http://www.aggregage.com/blog/curation/people-curation

 

 


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How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results

How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Shel Holtz he has some good suggestions for companies to move curation beyond entry level and show them  how to create more innovative ways to use this powerful tool and that produces more targeted results.

 

Excerpt:

 

There’s plenty of evidence that business is adopting content curation, but the practice hasn’t been around long enough for organizations to understand how to us it in a way that will strengthen their content marketing strategy.

 

Here are some of the ways companies can apply curation that will give them more visability and beyond.

 

** To start applying content curation, communicators need to pay attention to how others are using the crop of curation tools that have found acceptance online.

 

**Curating news that the media isn’t covering can lead to media coverage. And, by extension, it can improve and expand on stories the media are covering.

 

The process would look something like this:

 

**Identify opportunity:

 

Any company news is a potential curated collection.

Think about a product launch, or financial events.

 

Select curators:

 

**criteria for selecting curators should begin with their familiarity with the topic. The key to a solid curation effort is the selection of the best, most relevant and representative posts.

 

**Monitor conversation:

 

**With the curator in place, it’s time to develop key words and set up a monitoring plan.

 

**This can be as simple as establishing a few Google Alerts or as sophisticated as tapping into a monitoring service the organization is already using, like Radian 6.

 

Select and comment on the best content:

 

**Curators need to cull through the many items people have posted in order to find the right posts to create an accurate overview of the news.

 

**Moreover, adding context is one more curation chore.

When appropriate, adding commentary improves the value of the collection.

 

Here's the takeaway:

 

Companies are increasingly focused on content marketing. Curating company news fits nicely into the content marketing bucket, where it can both fill a gap in mainstream media reporting and serve as an impetus to getting that coverage.

 

**It’s only a matter of time before some organizations move beyond entry-level curation efforts and start curating their news.

 

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[read full interesting article http://qik.im/KTK]


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Entrepreneurship is Our Revolution

This inspirational post was written by Steve Blank,  who teaches entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. author of the incredible book "Four Steps to the Epiphany" and so much more.

 

I wanted to share an article before Thanksgiving that really spoke to me and the hearts of many. I have been looking for days and felt when the right one came along, I would know it. This is that piece. No disrespect to the author, I moved things around and broke up paragraphs into smaller bites. They were so inspiring they almost jumped off the page.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. So grateful to have this platform and a wonderful community of fellow travelers on this path to share the journey.

 

Intro:

 

"This Thanksgiving season, it might seem there’s less to be thankful for. One out of eleven of Americans is out of work. Many pundits say the American dream is dead and see further decline of the West, particularly the US."

 

"When it's darkest men see the stars.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

My prediction:

 

"this decade may well be our country’s finest hour


the beginning of an economic revolution as important as the scientific revolution in the 16th century and the industrial revolution in the 18th century.

 

**This entrepreneurial revolution will permanently reshape business as we know it

 

**More importantly, change the quality of life for all who come after us."

 

**It’s possible we’ll look back to this decade as the beginning of our own revolution.

 

**It may even be the dawn of a new era for a new American economy built on entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

****Our children will look back on and marvel that when it was the darkest, we saw the stars.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Entrepreneurs and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.cnbc.com/id/45307694]


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Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom

Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

"Civicboom is an online platform designed to facilitate content-driven organizations and individuals to work together in generating rich media content.

 

Content-seekers can place a request for specific content. Then, by using the Civicboom mobile app (Android), or by uploading to the plug & go site, a content-creator can respond with rich-media directly to that request.

 

All incoming rich-media content is then managed by the content-seeker, and directed to a customizable plugin to be embedded on a website."

Read more about it here: http://thenextweb.com/media/2011/11/12/civicboom-this-open-platform-lets-organizations-request-content-from-their-audience/

 

Sign-up here:  https://www.civicboom.com/

 


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Nielson Report: What's Really Happening on Social Networks

Nielson Report: What's Really Happening on Social Networks | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Interesting and very informative piece by Brian Solis for Social Media Today.

 

This is part 6 of a series of posts where Brian introduces his new Book The End of Business as Usual.  

 

I must tell you that if you haven't gotten a copy of this book, you should, it is excellent, timely and relevant!

 

To paraphrase - social media is becoming part of our cultural fabric and even as we witness businesses, governments, sports teams, and almost every organization socialize communication efforts today,

 

****much of what we see is merely the beginning of something that will one day become something far more important than the medium itself.

 

****it is about how people are spending their time, interacting and connecting with one another, and what happens as a result.

 

To demonstrate the point, there are some profound findings from the recently released Nielsen Social Media Report.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering  "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

http://bit.ly/o0nGrH

 


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